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On discovery tools, OPACs and the motion of library language

On discovery tools, OPACs and the motion of library language Purpose – This paper aims to select a few terms in common use today in the library and information science domain, and looks into their usage over time. Design/methodology/approach – The use of terms is traced historically, if somewhat informally, through writings such as websites, press releases and articles. Findings – “Discovery tool” suddenly acquired a specific meaning in 2009. “Digital preservation” and “digital curation” may never sort themselves out. “OPAC” and “ILS” are terms in disfavor as the products they refer to lose luster. Originality/value – The value of the paper is to make readers more aware of the way they use words by reflecting on some commonly used terms in the library and information science domain. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Hi Tech Emerald Publishing

On discovery tools, OPACs and the motion of library language

Library Hi Tech , Volume 30 (1): 8 – Mar 2, 2012

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0737-8831
DOI
10.1108/07378831211213247
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to select a few terms in common use today in the library and information science domain, and looks into their usage over time. Design/methodology/approach – The use of terms is traced historically, if somewhat informally, through writings such as websites, press releases and articles. Findings – “Discovery tool” suddenly acquired a specific meaning in 2009. “Digital preservation” and “digital curation” may never sort themselves out. “OPAC” and “ILS” are terms in disfavor as the products they refer to lose luster. Originality/value – The value of the paper is to make readers more aware of the way they use words by reflecting on some commonly used terms in the library and information science domain.

Journal

Library Hi TechEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 2, 2012

Keywords: Communication; Language; Discovery tools

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